Lakers GM Rob Pelinka, in an offseason move that could reshape the team’s fortunes, has focused on retaining key players from last year’s playoff lineup while introducing fresh talent. One noteworthy addition to this revamped roster is former Timberwolf Taurean Prince, whose arrival could inject a newfound level of versatility into the Lakers’ squad.
Prince, who previously played for the Atlanta Hawks, had experience guarding LeBron James during the King’s second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. After stints in Brooklyn and Ohio, Prince eventually found himself with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he spent the past three seasons.
The Lakers had a firsthand look at Prince’s skill set during the 2023 play-in tournament, where they secured the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Known for his ability to play multiple positions and his proficiency in three-point shooting, Prince signed a one-year contract to join Darvin Ham’s new-look Lakers roster.
While Prince adds depth to the Lakers’ frontcourt, it’s worth noting that Rui Hachimura and Jared Vanderbilt also joined the team during the 2023 trade deadline. With an abundance of talent in the frontcourt, Ham will have some tough decisions to make regarding playing time.
What makes this opportunity even more exciting for Prince is the chance to assume a significant role on a team with legitimate championship aspirations. Despite his time with Atlanta, Brooklyn, Cleveland, and Minnesota, Prince has never reached the NBA Finals. However, in Los Angeles, alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, he now aspires to claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy next summer.
The Lakers have their sights set on Banner No. 18, and Prince’s inclusion in the roster only strengthens their pursuit of that elusive championship. As the team continues to evolve, the Lakers and their fans eagerly anticipate the impact that Taurean Prince will bring to their new-look squad.